Long-Run Effects of Dominion v. FoxGeorge Freeman
The judge’s decision to dismiss any argument based on the neutral reportage privilege was a lost opportunity. It could have corrected one of the few areas where good journalism and the law diverge.
Arizona Supreme Court Finds Radio Host’s Statements Protected as Opinion, Political SpeechMichael J. Lambert
The Arizona Supreme Court has issued a ringing endorsement for the safeguards provided to opinions and political speech in a defamation case involving a local radio talk show host.
D.C. Court of Appeal Affirms Anti-SLAPP Fee Award in “Steele Dossier” CaseChuck Tobin
The court’s decision significantly strengthens arguments for defendants to recover fees under the District’s anti-SLAPP law, including the fees they expend in litigating entitlement to fees.
Stop the Steal Organizer’s Narrowed Defamation Claim Proceeds to DiscoveryMatthew Cate
Ruling on a motion to dismiss, Judge Pitman held that an article’s characterizations of plaintiff as a “Jan. 6 Capitol riot organizer” and a person who “helped coordinate the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection” were capable of being proven true or false, and therefore actionable in defamation, and that Bostic adequately pleaded the defendants published them with actual malice.
Summary Judgment Awarded to Obstacle Course Racing BloggerMadeleine Blair, Isabel White and Lindsey Floyd
In a 74-page decision, the court dismissed all defamation and defamation per se claims against Davis for insufficient evidence of actual malice.
Internet Archive Slammed in Decision Rejecting Mass Distribution of Unlicensed Ebooks Under ‘Controlled Digital Lending’ TheoryJack Browning, Linda Steinman and Liz McNamara
Judge Koeltl delivered a decision definitively characterizing Internet Archive’s actions as brazen copyright infringement.
South Dakota Supreme Court Unseals Billionaire’s Search Warrant Materials, Again!Jeremy Kutner
A year and a half after the South Dakota Supreme Court unsealed search warrant materials related to billionaire T. Denny Sanford, who was under investigation for possession of child pornography, the court finished the job, unsealing the underlying affidavits that finally told the public what the investigation was all about.